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Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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very good

425 Ratings

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 17
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-13-2013

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of KYGunner
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant and bright golden coloring with a frothy and light marangue for a head. The retention was impressive and the lacing thick.

The nose is sweet and aromatic with tangy clove banana and a yeasty body. Light bubblegum-like sweetness compliments a wheat scent.

The flavor is a tad metallic with a grainy wheat and yeasty clove. There's a bit of unexpected piney hops at the finish and I detect no banana.

The feel is very dry but sprite and bubbly.

This was really good until I tasted it and then they lost me. Maybe it needs to be on tap to truly show it off.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Light yellow color with good carbonation; even a slow pour brings a huge head
S: A bit grassy, lemony, yeasty, malty, spicy, hoppy... just a little bit of everything
T: Lemongrass, a pleasant bitterness, some malt, finishes dry with citrus and yeast
M: Light-bodied, crisp, fairly strong carbonation
O: Nice beer. It's well balanced with just a bit of all of the right things

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

yay cans! smudged date I can't read.

Huge head rising up forces me to stop pouring right before the end, frothy bubbled almost 3 finger foamy head that fades at a med pace, with lots of soapy lacing, crystal clear golden light pilsner colored.

Nose nice farmhouse saison, little funk, with mild spices, nice lemon rind, grassy lemongrass, light sweet grainy toasty malt, and even a bit of a creamy malt, nice bright lemon zest and citrus,

Taste starts similarly, with the grainy malt, toasty and a little bready, and mild creamy, some grassy flavors and lemongrass. Then into lemon zest, light citrus, mild saison spices, a nice farmhouse funk that's light but tasty. Also some mild grassy lemony hops kick in with a nice bitterness. An interesting fruity quality comes through, the mild citrus fruit and a bit of stone fruit too. Finish is a long bitter lemon rind flavor, quite bitter actually as it dries a lot, little sticky feel though, more saison spices and lemon grassy flavors lingering.

Mouth is med to a little bit lighter bod, nice bright carbonation.

Overall pretty nice, lots of lemon zest, nice bitterness and good blend of the hops and saison rind flavors, nice malts and saison yeast additions, light farmhouse but not much, more of an easy drinking saison.

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought from Colorado Liquor Mart a little while back.

Poured into a odd goblet I have.

Hazy yellow semi-lively colored beer. pours about two fingers of fizzy white head when pour without vigor. Musty, grassy, spicy, earthy notes are the main components of the aroma. There are some slight citrus (lemon) and fruity (peach) tones in there as well.

T&M: Pretty complex stuff going on in the taste. The fast fade in bitterness really caught me off guard. The finish appear to be surprisingly bitter, but as soon as that taste appears its fades away to a very mild, non-dry clean finish (that you normally don't get with beer this yeasty). On the heavy side of carbonation, light body.

Overall: Another great beer from Stillwater. I really should buy a ton of their stuff and try it back to back, because their beers seem to have a general theme, but are at the same time have their unique characteristics.

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3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 8/7/13.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spice, and citrus aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. The stamp on the bottom of the can is compressed to the point of being just about unreadable but I think it says 05/04/2013.

A- Pours a light golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing cascades slowly down the glass.

S- One of the most soily beers I've ever smelled. Also has a sweetness with some banana notes. Moderately effervescent.

T- Mild flavor of wheat and some yeast richness including some Brett which is certainly welcome bringing notes of green olive. Bright and smooth with some slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M- Crisp and snappy with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- A great session saison with plenty of character and subtleties.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Photo of fourstringer
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. No identifiable date. Cool can with a dude rockin' an eye patch, flanked by two eagle heads. First Stillwater I've had from a can.

A: Hazy, medium pale yellow with a lime tint. About 1 finger of clean, white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

S: Inviting yeast with fruit notes. Some citrus and vanilla. Honey. Faintly floral with a nice sweetness. Pale malt brings whiffs of grass, biscuit. Some spice is present, namely coriander. Very nice.

T: Starts with a floral, moderate bitterness and faint pale malt notes. Very dry in the finish and throughout, really. No alcohol, as expected. Good, but not quite the complexity the nose suggested.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light body. No prickliness, which is nice. Slightly oily on the palate.

O: Very sessionable saison that drinks more like a pilsner. Smell is particularly good, but those elements don't quite make it into the mouth... Regardless, this was just what the doctor ordered for a thirsty, NFL wild-card Sunday.


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4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) is now into the big push towards review number 1,000 (1K) and I am growing ever more CANtemplative on the approach to a number that approaches insanity. I remember when I was first challenged by Nick "The Tick" D717 to undertake this madness that I thought 100 MIGHT be achievable. Now, the sky's the limit, but I am still CANfronted with new CANned beers and ways to think about them.

From the CAN: "Postmodern Beer"!

I am a writer and teacher of English literature and I spent a semester at Pitt with the venerable Professor Harry Mooney and some of the most erudite classmates of my undergraduate career CANsidering what Prof. Mooney referred to as "The Modernist Tradtion". Modernism was an outgrowth of the end of "The War to End All Wars", World War I, which was unlike any in recorded history up until that time. Survivors began to wonder, since all "rules" of warfare had been thrown out, what other things, such as art, music and literature, would be like if extant rules of the day were likewise disregarded or disposed of entirely. The results were and are astounding and there is argument as to whether the movement CANtinues even today. For those that argue that it ended after World War II, there is Post-Modernism, or PoMo, in which a sense of irony is applied to what was produced in the Modernist era.

How CAN a beer be Postmodern? It would require that beer at some point have been CANsidered Modernist. CAN that be? I would point to Olde Frothingslosh with both Sir Reginald and Lady Fatima Yechblah as its spokespeople so that this beer brings that sensibility into the 21st Century A. D. with a steampunk sensibility on its graphics. Olde Frothingslosh was nothing more than Iron City (lager) Beer in new CANs for the holiday season and this beer CAN be a whole buncha nothing, also, but that remains to be seen.

The Crack! released a squirt of white foam and stepped back to reveal another brimful craft CAN. My inverted Glug, which is highly postmodern in and of itself, was just a tad overzealous and a wee bit overflowed the lip of the tall glass into which it was being deCANted. The massive, three-plus fingers of head looked like a soft, bone-white pillow or clouds being flown through by a jet or meringue atop a lemon pie. The last is probably the most apt as the beer was an extremely light-yellow (SRM = 1) with a slight haziness and it occurred to me that I have urinated a darker stream than this. If it is true that we CANnot buy beer, but only rent it, how CAN this be if my urine is darker that what caused it to be produced? Nose had that distinct Saison smell of "earthy yeast tones", although I thought that I may have noted some Brett in the mix. Wow! The mouthfeel was prickly with lots of tight little CO2 bubbles scrubbing against my tongue. The taste reminded me a LOT of Green Flash's Rayon Vert, which I got to pour for Chuck Silva at SAVOR 2012. I would be quite dubious if there was not just a touch of Brett in this beer. It was lemony-citrus, but with the smells of a working farm intertwined. I grew up in the city but spent many summers out in the countryside, where my late Pops would take a deep breath and say, "Ah, it smells like all outdoors!" I read a reviewer who mentioned "wet hay, dried [cut] grass [and] cheese rind" and I would apply those here, also. None of which are meant in a negative way by me, just as a means of trying to CANvey what a "postmodern beer" tastes like. The finish was dry, almost like a white wine and this would be a great summertime beer at just 4.5% ABV. On a bone-chillingly cold day following another crippling snowstorm? Not so much.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light yellow color ale with a large pure white bubbly head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light rustic malt notes with some dry hoppy notes. Taste is also dominated by rustic malt notes with light dry ester and some bready yeast notes are also noticeable. Body is light with great carbonation. Very much enjoyable if maybe a bit short on the complexity notes with great drinkability level.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

draft at sams in durham into a shaker

pours a hazy yellow color with a slight head. smell is of lemon and wheat...crisp is a good word as well. taste holds true and has a bit of funk as youd expect from a saison...very refreshing i drank it alongside a spicy burrito and it complimented it very well. would be a great summer beer. easy drinking but great flavor. light body light carbonation.

overall just a real enjoyable and approachable saison. recommended.

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Classique from Stillwater Artisanal Ales
87 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.